This lesson consists of two different flowcharts and Powerpoints. The first one analyzes the decline of the Hapsburg Empire in the late 1800s, focusing on how industrialization and a cholera epidemic tipped the demographic scales against the ruling German minorities in the towns, thus triggering a viscious cycle of actions on both sides that eventually helped bring about the end of the Hapsburg Empire after World War I.
The second Powerpoint gives more of an overview of nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe c.1848-1914, looking at the various degrees of success different ethnic groups had in establishing their own stable nations. It also looks at the role of Russia in destaliizing Eastern Europe while posing as the champion of Slavic liberties there.
In both PowerPoints, the color flowcharts develop slide by slide. There are also photos with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student readings and flowcharts.
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